SLNBCC holds a dinner event for participants in the March 2021, Business Management Training for SMEs

4th February, 2022 – The Sierra Leone Netherlands Business and Culture Council held a dinner event for individuals who took part in their Business Management Training conducted in March 2021. The training was coordinated by SLNBCC, executed by IPAM and funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency through the Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council.

The event brings together the participants, lecturers and other relevant associates to discuss the various progresses they have made since the training, their challenges and pertinent strategies on how to optimized the business landscape for SMEs in the country.

In her opening remark, the program manager for SLNBCC madam Binta Jalloh thanked everyone for attending the dinner event. She expressed SLNBCC’s commitments to promoting the flagship idea of the Dutch government which has primarily shifts their foreign development policy from aid to trade. She mentioned that her organization is the gateway for doing business between Sierra Leone and the Netherlands. “We ensure that our members get the necessary accreditation they need to partner and or do business with a Dutch business entity in the Netherlands”.

 She concluded by stating that SLNBCC is the initiative of the Netherlands embassy in Ghana and as such, they are bent on ensuring that Sierra Leone and the Netherlands grow together on thematic areas including, private sector development.

The event qualifies the March 2021 training to be a success story as the participants all expressed great deal of improvement in their business management skills. According to one participant, “the training has helped me developed a new business idea which has worked well for me”.  They all mentioned how helpful it has been to them especially in the areas of preparing and managing the financial records of their respective businesses.

However, others emphasized the covid 19 pandemic as a challenge for their businesses in establishing partnership with overseas companies as movements is still not flexible. They appeal to SLNBCC to facilitate the establishment of partnership between businesses in the Netherlands and Sierra Leone because there are numerous opportunities for investment in the country. They also advocate for more trainings to build the capacities of businesses in the country.  The event climaxed with food, drinks and networking amongst the attendees.